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The Big Hurt: Deluxe buyer's guide

Record labels used to be content to slap a "remastered" sticker and a few B-sides on an album and call it deluxe, but that kind of lackluster package won't fly in 2010.
The word on seasonal box sets
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 05, 2010
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Same old song

Most music fans can probably be forgiven, at this point, for being doubting Thomases at the alleged demise of the major-label music industry.
Reissued and remastered CDs give classic releases a fresh face
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 11, 2009
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Same old song

Most music fans can probably be forgiven, at this point, for being doubting Thomases at the alleged demise of the major-label music industry.
Reissued and remastered CDs give classic releases a fresh face
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 11, 2009
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Dirty old men

"We were kind of just . . . normal guys who liked to . . . enjoy stuff."
The Jesus Lizard return to rewreck rock
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 13, 2009
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Review: California Smile | Roof Came Off House

"There isn't any presupposed concept to our music," says California Smile keyboardist/piano man Victor Mansella while promoting the band's upcoming sophomore release Roof Came Off House (Limbus Infantus). "The music is intended to take the listener o
California Smile's magnificent controlled chaos
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 11, 2009
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Beauty in the beast

My Zen moment with Mastodon hit at about the point where the maelstrom of "The Czar, pt. I: Usurper" receded only to be replaced with the falling-down-stairs drum battery and faux Southern-rock riff twang and intentional pick squeals of "The Czar, pt.
Mastodon, live at the Boston House of Blues, May 7, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 15, 2009


About that style . . .

Great moments in two-handed finger tapping
Great moments in two-handed finger tapping
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 24, 2008
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Nine-step program

The history of rock, as a technical story, is a mix of skilled craftsmen and total doofuses sticking their fingers in wall sockets over and over.
The best pedals ever to happen to rock music
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 08, 2008
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Japanamayhem

Although Boris might seem just another Japanese drone-happy drop-tuned stoner-rock outfit, close inspection reveals instead a 16-year investigation of the meaning of sound and music itself.
Boris are completely out of control
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 07, 2008
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Celebration of sound

Despite living in a world that is seemingly rotating off its axis and just plain miserable, there are, believe it or not, many reasons to give thanks.
Kris Hansen’s Left Hand Band; plus, New Year’s Eve options
By BOB GULLA  |  December 26, 2007
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Ween

Ween come out flapping and squawking on La Cucaracha .
La Cucaracha | Rounder
By PATRICK CATES  |  October 22, 2007


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Endless rhapsody

If Queen had not existed, it would by no means have been necessary to invent them.
How Queen trumped the punks
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 07, 2007
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Planet rock

Vinyl collectors will be greeted with a familiar sight when they open Porcupine Tree’s Fear of a Blank Planet.
The prog stylings of Porcupine Tree
By BRETT MILANO  |  May 01, 2007
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Sound samples

Spinning the local music CD lazy susan has turned up some pretty cool surprises.
Baylies Band, Lucky 57, Fred Kendall Abong, and more
By BOB GULLA  |  March 27, 2007
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O RLY? YA RLY

“It smells like a middle-school dance,” said username andysad at the LemmingTrail message-board holiday party at Great Scott last Friday.
The LemmingTrail holiday party, Great Scott, December 22, 2006
By WILL SPITZ  |  December 29, 2006
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Smooth sailing

Like a constantly flowing river meandering through an ancient rock canyon, the Slip has been burrowing its music into the welcoming consciousness of today’s indie rock and jam audiences with a passionate, multi-hued, thoroughly intoxicating vibe.
The Slip broaden their horizon on Eisenhower
By BOB GULLA  |  November 28, 2006


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Boys of summer

When Watertown novelist Mike Heppner needed a “spiritual guide” for his New England-set novel Pike’s Folly , he fictionalized the Beach Boys’ reclusive genius Brian Wilson.
A novelist’s take on Brian Wilson
By BRIAN KING  |  June 21, 2006
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From Chicago to Addis

I know of no single, clear definition of “free bop,” but I think I know it when I hear it, and I’d say no one does it better than the Vandermark 5.
The Vandermark 5 and the Either/Orchestra bring it all back home
By JON GARELICK  |  February 09, 2006